Assurance Mapping

An assurance map (AMAP) is a tool to ensure key risks are assured across your organisation – driving out gaps and overlaps in the assurance jigsaw. The idea seems straightforward but there are many stories of lengthy, complex and incomplete assurance mapping efforts. This workshop will give you a good grounding in the principles and practical application of AMAPs so that you can start using this approach with greater confidence in a range of ways – from audit planning to assignment management; from overall audit opinions to the delivery of efficiency opportunities between audit and compliance functions.

What will I learn?

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • deliver AMAPs in a timely and cost effective way, with clear benefits for key stakeholders

  • save time and effort in terms of delivering AMAPs with internal resources, or managing the efforts of others

  • recognise the key components of an effective assurance map

  • assess your current efforts and plans to deliver an assurance map so that you can avoid the common pitfalls and difficulties, including important lessons concerning the scope of an assurance

  • map and key stakeholders to engage

  • build a realistic business case for an assurance map, including likely ‘quick wins’

  • prioritise your current efforts and understand future opportunities, including assurance scorecards and synergy opportunities


Course programme

  • IIA and other definitions of an assurance map

  • the different assurance maps and their benefits

  • a framework for progressing with assurance maps

  • the common pitfalls

  • case studies – financial controls, compliance, projects, streamlined board reporting

  • frameworks for improving the co-ordination between audit and assurance providers

  • how assurance mapping can support synergy reviews

  • implications of an assurance approach for audit planning and assignments

  • review of progress / plans in your organisation and insights on key areas to prioritise

About James Paterson

Former Chief Audit Executive for AstraZeneca PLC from 2002-2009. Prior to that: various corporate and commercial finance roles, culminating as Head of Group Financial Reporting for AstraZeneca PLC and - after working on a Masters Degree In Management - seconded into HR to be head of Global Leadership Development programmes.


Set up a consulting business in 2010 providing training, development and coaching in the following key areas: 

  • Risk Assurance Mapping 

  • Lean/Agile Auditing (James is the author of Lean Auditing published by J Wiley in 2015), 

  • Auditing Culture, 

  • Root Cause Analysis for Internal Audit, 

  • Influencing and Political Savvy for Internal Audit 


Open courses with 12 IIA institutes across Europe, including Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. 

Speaker at the IIA International Conferences in 2012, 2014 and 2016; Chair of the EU IAS conference 2017 and 2018 and speaker at the US GAM conference in 2019 on lean/agile auditing. 

Masters Degree in management, McGill University, Canada, specialising in organisational effectiveness and culture change. CIA qualified. 



James Paterson


21/10: 13.00-14.45 and 15.00-16.30 

22/10: 09.00-10.30 and 10.45-12.15 

CPE Credits



Member 450 EUR 

Non-member 550 EUR




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